After Texas filed a landmark lawsuit at the Supreme Court yesterday, 17 States threw their support to the bid filed by Attorney General Ken Paxton. These states all voted for President Donald Trump in the last elections. Specifically, the states are Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, and West Virginia.
The lawsuit comes as the deadline for election certification for all states lapsed last December 8. Based on certifications, Democrat candidate Joe Biden won the elections with 306 electoral votes. This is 36 more votes than the 270 votes needed to clinch the presidency. In addition, Paxton filed the suit close to the December 8 deadline for states to finalize their certification. This means that a possibility that the lawsuit, as well as a decision on it, might have come too late.
Missouri and Louisiana
Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt threw his state’s support the same day Paxton filed the suit. “Election integrity is central to our republic. And I will defend it at every turn. As I have in other cases — I will help lead the effort in support of Texas’ #SCOTUS filing today. Missouri is in the fight,” he tweeted Monday night.
Meanwhile, Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry issued a statement urging the SC to consider the case. He wrote that “Only the U.S. Supreme Court can ultimately decide cases of real controversy among the states under our Constitution. That is why the Justices should hear and decide the case which we have joined representing the citizens of Louisiana.” He added that “Furthermore, the U.S. Supreme Court should consider the most recent Texas motion, which contains some of the same arguments. Louisiana citizens are damaged if elections in other states were conducted outside the confines of the Constitution while we obeyed the rules.”
Alabama and Arkansas
Attorney General Steve Marshall of Alabama also issued a statement. He said he expects the SC to “act quickly in deciding whether to grant the State of Texas’s request.” This means the SC decision “will instruct me as to how the State of Alabama will proceed in our fight to ensure election integrity.” He concluded by saying that “The unconstitutional actions and fraudulent votes in other states not only affect the citizens of those states, but they also affect the citizens of all states — of the entire United States. Every unlawful vote counted, or lawful vote uncounted debases and dilutes citizens’ free exercise of the franchise. The State of Alabama will continue to pursue any legal remedy available to protect its people from such disenfranchisement. Both our rights and our republic demand it.”
Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge tweeted her message on the matter. She said that “Arkansans and Americans across the country have real concerns about the lack of integrity in our federal elections this year. After reviewing the motion filed by Texas in the US Supreme Court, I have determined that I will support the motion by the State of Texas in all legally appropriate manners. The integrity of our elections is a critical part of our nation and it must be upheld.
Trump Files Intervention “As Candidate”
Meanwhile, President Donald Trump himself took action after learning what Texas did. Through his lawyer, he requested the Supreme Court to block ballots from four states. Specifically, the request came in a filing asking to intervene in the Texas lawsuit versus Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.
The petition states that “Our Country is deeply divided in ways that it arguably has not been seen since the election of 1860. There is a high level of distrust between the opposing sides, compounded by the fact that, in the election just held, election officials in key swing states, for apparently partisan advantage, failed to conduct their state elections in compliance with state election law.” In this filing, Trump featured a new lawyer, John Eastman. Recently, Eastman published a theory questioning the candidacy of Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.
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